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Chitrakala: Chitirakala barred from leaving country

Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 19 @ 09:15:26 CDT

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freemalaysiatoday.com, May 19 2010
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FMT ALERT KUALA LUMPUR: MIED's former chief executive officer P Chitirakala has been barred from leaving the country. She was supposed to board a flight to India at 6.30pm. However, she was stopped by officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
 

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When contacted, Chitirikala confirmed that she has been barred from leaving.

"I am not being detained. And nobody knows who gave the instruction to stop me from leaving," she said.

Earlier today, FMT reported that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has filed an application to impound her passport.

The court has fixed May 25 to hear the matter.

On May 11, the 39-year-old former CEO was charged with three counts of cheating involving RM4 million.

Several quarters had expressed surprise over MACC's application since the passport issue did not arise when she was charged in the Sessions Court here.

FMT was also told that Chitirakala had notified MACC of her intention to travel to India and had provided the dates.

"Despite this, MACC has now filed an application. This could be due to political intervention by certain parties with vested interest who want to embarrass her further," said a source.

Although declining to name who, it was obvious that the source was referring to MIC president S Samy Vellu.

MIED or the Maju Institute for Education Development is the education arm of MIC.

Chitirakala, the former blue-eyed-girl of Samy Vellu, has been locking horns with the latter over the funds in the organisation.

Both have accused each other of wrongdoings, paving the way for several police and MACC reports to be lodged. 'They think I will abscond' In a statement issued earlier, Chitirakala confirmed that MACC has made an application to withhold her passport and issued a challenge to Samy Vellu.

She had also anticipated trouble at the airport, when she mentioned towards the end of her statement that she had a flight to catch, and that she “must be prepared to handle his stunts at the airport.”

Chitirakala said she was “shocked and surprise” by MACC's application.

“They apparently received information that I am absconding on May 19 (today) and that I have a ticket to travel on May 19.

“Of course, I have a ticket as I booked it in April and told MACC of my trip since there was a travel alert on me pending investigations,” she said.

“What shocks me more is I gave a letter in writing to MACC on May 10 detailing my travel date and destination,” she added.

Chitirakala also said that she brought the ticket and her passport to the court on the day she was charged.

“When my counsel Sashi Menon told the DPP about my trip, DPP Kevin Morrias said they are not withholding my passport and I am free to travel.

“In fact the judge too asked if MACC needs my passport to be surrendered and the DPP said 'no'. The press in the court room that day is my witness,” she added.

Chitirakala said after the last general election, she wanted Samy Vellu to exit gracefully, leaving the Aimst University for the Indian Malaysian community.

“I was honest in my intention since I cared for him as I would for my father. My honesty landed me in trouble with the man who treated me like a daughter. He vowed to embarrass me as he thought that I was supporting his political rivals,” she said.

“When he accused me of joining (former deputy president S) Subramaniam’s camp and being on the take with the Aimst contractors in December 2008, I stood up for my dignity and challenged him to sack me and that I will see him in court.

“I am enduring the ordeal of police and MACC reports as well as court cases, bad publicity in the press and much more for the past 18 months for that courage,” she added.

Chitirakala also challenged Samy Vellu to step down and face her as an individual and not as the president of MIC.

“If he can't do this, he might as well trade all his Brioni suits for nice Kanjipuram sarees,” she said.

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The Star

Thursday May 20, 2010 Chithirakala stopped at KLIA
SEPANG: Former Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) chief executive officer P. Chithirakala, who was charged with three counts of cheating involving a total of RM4mil, was stopped from boarding a flight to India by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday. Chithirakala, 39, was about to board the 6.50pm flight to India before she was told by an Immigra-tion deputy assistant director that she was not allowed to leave the country. Upon questioning, she was told that an MACC officer named Fikri had informed the department not to let her board the plane and that her passport had been withheld. Relating her experience at KL International Airport in a press conference later, Chithirakala claimed that she had informed the MACC about her plans to travel to India and details of her trip before she was charged in the Sessions Court under Section 420 of the Penal Code last Tuesday.
Going nowhere: Chithirakala at KLIA Wednesday.
She learnt that the MACC had filed an application at the Kuala Lumpur High Court to withhold her passport, claiming that she had an intention to abscond. “I repeatedly told them (the MACC) of my plans and even gave them a letter on May 10 detailing my travel plans,” she told reporters at the airport. Chithirakala also claimed that Fikri had told her that she could go overseas as long as she informed the MACC a week before her departure. On the day she was charged, her lawyer had informed the court of her travel plans and the judge had asked the Deputy Public Prosecutor if the MACC had any intention to withhold her passport. The DPP said he did not intend to do so and when she contacted the MACC, she was told that the matter was up to the court to decide. “I contacted the MACC again last week to ask for a letter that it has no objections to my trip because I did not want to be embarrassed at the airport like this. “Fikri told me on Tuesday that the MACC was filing an application to withhold my passport and the matter would be brought up in court on Wednesday (yesterday). “However, the court decided that the case would only be mentioned on May 25 and since I would be back by then, I decided to continue with my trip,” she said. Chithirakala made headlines last year when she alleged that the MIC had misappropriated a government allocation meant to help the hardcore poor in the Indian community. MIED, the educational arm of the MIC, was incorporated on Feb 29, 1984.

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The Malay Mail
Ex-MIED CEO barred from travel abroad, spews vitriol against Samy Vellu
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 23:03:00

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) chief executive P. Chitrakala Vasu who is facing three counts of cheating involving RM4 million of the institute's funds was today barred from travelling abroad.
She was informed of the travel ban by airport Immigration before boarding a Singapore airlines flight to Kolkata, India, at 6.50pm this evening. Chitrakala said she had planned to visit the Ramakrishna Ashram in Kolkata for a few days alone. The travel ban on Chitrakala, who is on court bail, followed an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to the High Court here yesterday to withhold her passport. In normal cir*****stances, those granted bail are barred from travelling abroad until the conclusion of their trials, in this case by the anti-graft body, are conclusively resolved. However, Chitrakala, a former confidante of MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, claimed that the MACC was fully aware of her travel to India. She told The Malay Mail that she had made the travel plans before she was charged last week in the Sessions Court here with three counts of cheating involving RM4mil belonging to the MIED, the MIC's educational arm. She confirmed that that MACC had made an application to High Court yesterday to withhold her passport and that hearing was fixed for May 25. "What shocks me is their (MACC's) grounds of the application. They had stated that their investigations intelligence received information that I was absconding from the country on May 19. "Their further checks revealed that I have a ticket to travel on May 19. Of course, I have a ticket for that day as I booked it in April and told the MACC of my trip since there was a travel alert on me pending investigations. "What shocks me more is that I have given a letter in writing to MACC on May 10 detailing my travelling date and destination. "I even brought the ticket and my passport to the court on the day I was charged on May 11.When my counsel Sashi Menon told the DPP Kevin Morias about this he said they were not withholding my passport and that I was free to travel. "The Judge, too, asked if the MACC needed my passport to be surrendered and the DPP said no. The press in the court room that day is my witness." With her luggage in tow, Chitrakala held a news conference at the arrival hall of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport about 7.30pm before returning home. At the news conference, the furious mother of four launched another scathing attack on Samy Vellu - this time on his alleged role in her current predicament and his announcement yesterday to quit the presidency about "eight or nine" months before his term expires in May 2012. She said: "I am just an ordinary citizen trying to fight for my liberty which I lost for having a strong conviction to save the one and only asset that is left for the Malaysian Indians - and that is MIED. "I read with amazement that Samy Vellu claims he is not going to stay a day longer than his new deadline. He have given us including the Prime Minister many dates before and I am sure there are many to come. "That's because everyone forgets what he says and interestingly what he says get reported with new hope. His latest reason to stay on is to re-organise the party and what re-organisation is he going to do in the coming one year that he couldn't do in the last 30 years? "According to an online news portal, Samy Vellu wants to destroy those who destroy the MIC. That is a simple task for him to find out who is destroying the party. "He says he'll not go like a fool and that is exactly what I wanted him to do after the March 2008 elections. I wanted him to leave gracefully leaving AIMST University as a legacy for the community to remember him. "I was honest with my opinion and intention since I cared for him as I would for my father. My honesty landed me in trouble with the man who treated me like a daughter. "He vowed to embarrass me as he misconstrued me as supporting his political enemies. In my 14 years in MIED I never played politics and discharged my duties as a paid staff leading a quiet life." "When he accused me joining Datuk Subramaniam's camp and being on the take with the AIMST contractors in December 2008, I stood up for my dignity and challenged him to sack me and I will see him in court. "I am enduring the ordeal of police reports, MACC reports, civil cases, bad publicity in the press and many more over the past 18 months for that courage." she said.
Chithirakala charged with three counts of cheating
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) chief executive officer P. Chithirakala was charged in the Sessions Court here on May 11 with three counts of cheating involving RM4mil. Chithirakala, 39, was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, on Jan 9 and 30, and May 3, 2007 at Menara Manickavasagam, here. On the first charge, she was accused of cheating former MIC treasurer-general Tan Sri M. Mahalingam, 74, who was a director and signatory of MIED Sdn Bhd, by deceiving him to believe that a RM1mil cheque was for a loan payment to one Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Manaf, 64, and hence, resulting in him signing the cheque over to Silver Line Services Sdn Bhd. Chithirakala, a mother of four, was also charged similarly for another RM1mil on Jan 30. She was again accused of cheating Mahalingam on May 3 by deceiving him to believe that a RM2mil cheque was for Wira Jernih Sdn Bhd. Chithirakala pleaded not guilty before Judge Azizah Mahamud, who fixed bail at RM30,000 with one surety for all three charges. Azizah fixed June 14 for the case to be re-mentioned. The offence carries a jail sentence of not less than one year and up to a maximum 10 years' jail, and a whipping. Chithirakala hit the headlines last year when she alleged that the MIC had misappropriated a government allocation meant to help the hardcore poor Indian community. On Nov 3 last year, she filed three defamation suits against MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, his wife Datin Seri R. Indrani, and the publisher of a Tamil daily and its editor-in-chief K. Padmanabhan for making derogatory remarks against her and her family. Investigations into the MIED had been going on from the time Chitrakala herself had exposed alleged malpractices. Several police reports, too, had been lodged on the matter, including one by former Teluk Kemang MP Datuk S. Sothinathan regarding missing MIED files. MIED is the educational arm of the MIC and was incorporated on Feb 29, 1984.

 
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